Search engine firm Startpage, and its E.U. brand, Ixquick, has released a new proxy service that allows Internet users to surf the web in privacy.
The proxy lets users browse websites anonymously, without sharing any private, personally identifiable information to the websites they view.
When users conduct a search on Startpage they will see a clickable “proxy” option below each search result. When this option is selected, Startpage acts as a go-between to retrieve the page and display it in a privacy- protected window.
The proxy offers complete anonymity, since the user never makes direct contact with the third-party website. The user’s IP address is invisible to the viewed website. In addition, the website cannot see or place cookies on the user’s browser.